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Adila Chowan, who successfully sued Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti in a race and gender discrimination suit in the high court, claims that she cannot find full-time work because her former boss has given her negative references. In addition, she says that while Lamberti has apologised for his actions in public press releases, he has not contacted her to personally apologise. Lamberti this week resigned from Eskom's board, to which he was appointed in December, and his position as a director at Business Leadership South Africa hangs in the balance. Last month the High Court in Johannesburg found that Chowan's dignity had been impaired when Lamberti labelled her an employment equity candidate who needed four years in development before taking on a C-suite role. Later, he allegedly told one of his direct reports that he did not believe Chowan had what it took to be a chief financial officer, although he had promised that she would have a senior role in the company in 12 months from the tim...

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